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Lady Eleanor's Tower

A Grade II Listed Building in Llanddulas and Rhyd-y-Foel (Llanddulas a Rhyd-y-Foel), Conwy

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.2846 / 53°17'4"N

Longitude: -3.6235 / 3°37'24"W

OS Eastings: 291862

OS Northings: 377631

OS Grid: SH918776

Mapcode National: GBR 3Z4G.B8

Mapcode Global: WH657.9PST

Entry Name: Lady Eleanor's Tower

Listing Date: 12 November 1997

Last Amended: 12 November 1997

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 19036

Building Class: Gardens, Parks and Urban Spaces

Location: Strikingly located on a wooded crag, set back from and above the road; approximately 750m W of Gwrych Castle.

County: Conwy

Town: Abergele

Community: Llanddulas and Rhyd-y-Foel (Llanddulas a Rhyd-y-Foel)

Community: Llanddulas and Rhyd-y-Foel

Locality: Gwrych Castle

Traditional County: Denbighshire

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History

Early C20; constructed for Countess Dundonald of Gwrych Castle and one of the last of a number of folly towers, gates and similar erections built on the estate from c1819 until the beginning of the first war. Traditionally said to have been built by the grieving countess in 1915 to commemorate the loss of her son at sea.

Exterior

Square tower of two-and-a-half stages; of local limestone rubble on rock foundations. Segmentally-headed window openings to N E and W with access to the S; large corner crenellations give fictive battlements.

Reasons for Listing

Included as a striking folly tower on the Gwrych estate, part of this nationally important Picturesque composition.

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